Colors, beads, men and women; elaborate costumes, fancy floats and and absolute joy in the air! These are the traits that make Mardi Gras one of the most celebrated festivals around the globe! This age old carnival comes with many names and on various occasions in different parts of the world, but no matter when and where it is being celebrated the thumb rule remains the same: go deep into self-denial, abandon all boundaries and rebel against everything that is normally labelled as ‘normal’.
Mardi Gras in French literally means ‘Fat Tuesday’. The carnival first surfaced to allow people to indulge in fatty, richer food a night before the commencement of fasting of the Lenten season the next morning, i.e. Ash Wednesday.
This year’s Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, the host city for the festival and the city where it is believed the festival originated in the United States during the 1700s, started with parties of revelers hitting the streets early morning to get an early start on the festivities. Scores of people, dressed in colorful costumes had their breakfast at local parks while their young children played in the streets.
Over time, Mardi Gras has become a major tourist attraction, pulling hundreds of thousands of people to New Orleans each year.
Article publié pour la première fois le 21/02/2012